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Dodgers Sign Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera to 6-Year Deal

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to his agent Greg Genske.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old Olivera's contract includes a $28 million signing bonus, the rep notes.

Olivera's main position in Cuba was second base, but he's expected to play third for the Dodgers, who already have Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins playing in the infield.

Olivera has played 10 seasons for Santiago de Cuba. During that time, he's compiled a .323 batting average, 96 home runs, 433 RBIs, and a .407 on-base percentage.

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Diamondbacks Sign Punto

Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks signed infielder Nick Punto to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Wednesday.

Punto will make the major league minimum of $507,500 if he makes the team's Opening Day roster. Punto will still receive $2.7 million from the Oakland Athletics who released him in December.

The 37-year-old switch-hitting Punto has played second base, third base, shortstop, and outfield throughout his career. If he makes the major league roster he's expected to back up third baseman Yasmany Tomas, second baseman Aaron Hill, and shortstop Chris Owings.

Punto has played with the Phillies, Twins, Cardinals, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Athletics throughout his 14-year career. During that time he's compiled a .245 average with 19 home runs, 421 runs scored, and 104 stolen bases.

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Report: Rafael Furcal Joining Marlins 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Infielder Rafael Furcal has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The 36-year-old Furcal missed all of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow.

According to Rosenthal, the Marlins will use Furcal at second base, a position he has only played 36 games at during his major league career.

The three-time All-Star is a career .281 hitter with 1,059 runs scored, 113 home runs, 585 RBIs and 314 stolen bases.

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Former Cubs All-Star Bryan LaHair Signs in Japan

Rob Carr/Getty Images(FUKUOKA, Japan) -- Former Chicago Cub Bryan LaHair has signed a two-year $4.5 million contract with the Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League.

2012 was the 29-year-old LaHair's first full MLB season. He hit .259, with 16 home runs and 40 RBI's, making the National League All-Star team.

In 970 Minor League games, LaHair hit .295, with 159 home runs and had a .362 OBP.

LaHair is expected to be used as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Hawks.

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